Education and Society: Current Affairs

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Young North Korean Defectors Struggle in the South July 12, 2012, By MARTIN FACKLER, New York Times

No Child Left Behind Lives On
July 6, 2012 , Dana Goldstein

Ten Years of No Child Left Behind: Disaster Capitalism in the Schools
Tue, July 3, 2012, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

The Ones We've Lost: The Student Loan Debt Suicides
Suicide is the dark side of the student lending crisis and, despite all the media attention to the issue of student loans, it has been severely under-reported.
July 4, 2012, Economic Hardship Reporting Project / By Cryn Johannsen, AlterNet've_lost:_the_student_loan_debt_suicides?akid=9017.1086942.0PK2X9&rd=1&

University of Virginia President's Ouster Reveals Corporate Control Of Public Education
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Privatizing Education: The Neoliberal Project To Re-Imagine America For Them, Not Us
June 24, 2012, Origianlly Published on Fri, 10/01/2012
Pauline Lippman, Black Agenda Report
In this 55 minute audio by U of Illinois scholar and activist Pauline Lippman, she explains how the bipartisan push to privatize education by starving existing public schools, introducing charter schools in the name of “choice” and destroying teacher unions is key to a radical re-fashioning of American society by our wealthy corporate elite, one that is disastrous for the rest of us, our communities and our children. Courtesy of KPFA's Against the Grain.

The Stable Debate on Multicultural Education
June 24, 2012, Originally Published: Tue, 04/10/2012
Shannon Joyce Prince, Black Agenda Report

Locked Out and Locked Up: Youth Missing in Action From Obama's Stimulus Plan
The quality of life for many young people appears even more fragile in the United States in this time of political, economic and social crisis.
June 22, 2012, Henry Giroux, Published in February 21, 2009, AlterNet's_stimulus_plan/

Breathing The Revolutionary Pen
Friday, June 22, 2012,  Raquel Rios, Ph.D.

NJTAG 's response to tenure "reform" legislation
Op-Ed: Tenure Reform -- The Teacher Perspective

Despite all the misunderstandings and misinformation, tenure simply means teachers have the right to due process
By Kathryn Strom and Brian Ford, June 21, 2012 in Opinion
Kathryn Strom and Brian Ford are cofounders of the New Jersey Teacher Activist Group (NJTAG). Brian teaches history at Montclair High School, and Kathryn is a former history teacher who supports new teachers in Newark as an induction coach. Both are pursuing their doctorates in Teacher Education at Montclair State University.

What Is Wrong With Our Education System? Almost Half the Population Doesn't Accept Evolution
Rejecting evolution expresses more than an inability to think critically; it relies on a fundamentally paranoid worldview.
June 21, 2012, Katha Pollitt, Alternet, Nation't_accept_evolution/

Henry A. Giroux | Beyond the Politics of the Big Lie: The Education Deficit and the New Authoritarianism
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
By Henry A Giroux, Truthout

Obama's DREAM Policy and My Undocumented Brother
With this new immigration policy, Obama is galvanizing his reelection prospects and potentially boosting support for Democrats in November.
By Matias Ramos, June 18, 2012'

 The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks
Thousands of Louisiana students will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools. What will they learn there?
By Bruce Wilson, June 18, 2012;

Far from Home, Far from School
All students in New York City homeless shelters are entitled to a public education. But for many of them, getting to and from school is a test in itself.
School Stories / By Ankita Rao and Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Alternet,
What Do Apartheid South Africa and Tucson, Arizona Have in Common?
25 years after leaving South Africa, this educator sees significant parallels between schooling under apartheid and Tucson's current ban on ethnic studies.
Rethinking Schools / By Bill Bigelow, June 14, 2012, Alternet,

The Miseducation of Mitt Romney
Diane Ravitch, June 5, 2012,

White Paper: A Chance for Every Child. Mitt Romney's approach to education. (May 23, 2012) White Paper FINAL for PDF.pdf

Legal Options Limited for Alumni Who Told of Abuse at Horace Mann
Accounts of abuse by several now-dead Horace Mann teachers have put a sharp focus on state laws that make New York among the most restrictive in limiting legal recourse in child sexual abuse cases.

Vouchers Unspoken, Romney Hails School Choice
As president, Mitt Romney said, he would seek to overhaul the federal government’s largest school programs into a voucherlike system, replacing top-down Washington mandates.

The Shock Doctrine Goes to College
Joshua Clover, June 8, 2012

The New Misogyny
What it means for teachers and classrooms

Volume 26 No.4 - Summer 2012

Immigration: Damian Green rejects call to exempt foreign students from figures
BBC, 30 May 2012


Scottish universities under fire on fair access
BBC, 4 June 2012

Our Not-So-Friendly Northern Neighbor

Quebec is trampling basic democratic rights in order to end student protests against tuition increases.

Protests Persist After Quebec Officials Declare an Impasse in Tuition Talks


California Cuts Threaten the Status of Universities

If a proposed tax increase is not approved, officials say they would be forced to consider eliminating entire schools or programs. .

Canada: Talks Over Tuition Increases and Student Strike Collapse in Quebec
The suspension of the negotiations immediately raised concerns that the nightly demonstrations that have sometimes paralyzed cities in the province would increase in intensity. .

Premier Clark Confronts School Bullies
New BC-wide anti-bully strategy vague, avoids homophobia, say critics. But it has potential.
By Katie Hyslop, Today, .

Child Abuse in the Name of God
By Warren J. Blumenfeld
I immediately thought of this song when I watched a YouTube video of a young boy, whom I would estimate to be somewhere around the age of three, standing in front of the congregation at the Greensburg Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Indiana, microphone in hand, preaching to the assembled:

“The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong.
The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong.
Romans one, twenty six and twenty seven;
Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven.”

The congregation jumps to its feet, loud cheers ringing out from primarily white men decked out in their Sunday best. A man is heard bellowing, “That’s my boy!” The beaming youth repeats his hymn twice over, applaud and shouting reaching a heightened crescendo, high fiving soaring overhead, joyous rapture throughout the hall. Amen! Read the rest of this blog at:

Are Charter Schools Public Schools?
By Diane Ravitch on May 29, 2012 9:09 AM